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Updated: June 14, 2012 11:18 IST

CBI chargesheets Janardhan Reddy

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Gali Janardhana Reddy
Gali Janardhana Reddy

The Central Bureau of Investigation's Bangalore unit filed the much-awaited charge sheet before the special CBI court here on Wednesday against the former Minister and mining baron G. Janardhan Reddy.

The voluminous charge sheet, with annexures running into several thousand pages, was submitted to the court by the investigating agency. Ostensibly, the documents dealt with alleged irregularities committed by Mr. Reddy's Associated Mining Company, which was floated after another company owned by him (Obulapuram Mining Company) came under the CBI scanner.

Although, senior CBI officials remained tight-lipped about the contents of the charge sheet, sources confirmed that a substantial part of the investigation was informed by documents and connections unearthed by the Karnataka Lokayukta.

The thrust of the CBI's charge sheet is that the AMC was merely a front to cover up large-scale illegal mining. The company purchased a dead mine in the Ramgadh forest area for this purpose. And the real extraction of ore was being carried out at another location.

To corroborate this angle, the CBI sought the help of experts from the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) and Singareni Collieries Company Ltd. in Andhra Pradesh.

The team from Singareni conducted a 3D laser survey to ascertain the quantity of ore extracted from the AMC's 16 hectare mine situated on a ridge in the Ramgadh forest of Sandur Taluk in Bellary during the third week of April.

Simultaneously, the team from the IBM conducted a survey to determine the quality of ore available in the mine.

The AMC's records claim that over 8 lakh tonnes of ore was extracted from the Ramgadh mine since August 2009. But the 3D survey has shown that less than 5 per cent of that quantity was actually extracted from the mine.

Also, the company's records show that the extracted ore had 65 per cent ferrous content. But the IBM's survey has shown that a much lower grade of ore was available in the Ramgadh ridge.

CBI sources told The Hindu a large part of the 8 lakh tonnes were extracted illegally by small mining companies situated on the fringes of the Dalmiya mines, which had been temporarily closed by its owners.

The small mining companies encroached upon the Dalmiya mines and stole the high quality ore. But they were having trouble transporting this illegally extracted ore as they did not have the necessary permits and licenses.

To legalise this extraction, Mr. Reddy purchased the mine in Ramgadh and used his clout to secure the necessary permits and licences to extract and transport ore extracted from the Dalmiya mines.

As is usual the CBI is being selective. What about the dozens of revenue, mining, port, forest, customs, income tax, enforcement directorate and other department officials who colluded with the accused? The Criminal Procedure Code provides platform for trying all these in a single case where it makes sense and comprehensive.

from:  Hilary Pais
Posted on: Jun 2, 2012 at 11:10 IST

We don't see the point in having a case at all, because the news is the CBI judge investigating the case has been caught redhanded accepting Rs 5 Crores from one of this guys relatives. We would appreciate more news on this matter, because it will bolster the case of Jan Lokpal bill. When the citizens hear such information, it truly boils our blood, because a Judge accepting a bribe in return for bail in like treason. This sort of judges should be sent to the gallows. Because that is what they deserve for breach of public trust. How could they just suspend this guy, instead of shackling him and parade him on the streets on a donkey with red, white and black dots. Janardhana Reddy is going to buy his way to freedom making people wonder if there is any solution for this country against corruption. Can BJP make their position clear about their stalwart MLA, we don't hear the BJP talk about their own corruption king, maybe Ms. Sushma can answer.

from:  Krishna S Bala
Posted on: Jun 1, 2012 at 20:24 IST

The CBI chargesheet is long overdue. Criminals like Gali Janardhana Reddy (and his brothers) must be implicated at the earliest and put behind bars before they are able to spend this ilegally acquired money to manipulate facts and turn things in their favor. And the sentence by the courts should be strong enough to drive a clear message to the others involved in the illegal mining industry. All associated companies & personal accounts of immediate family should be immediately frozen before they get transferred onto a safe haven elsewhere.

It is high time that India courts set a good example and bring perpetrators like these to justice.

from:  Jeremy George
Posted on: May 31, 2012 at 17:16 IST

These class of cases should be heard on daily basis as was done for 2G scam. Unfortunately these days we dont see any updates about the 2G case. Judicial reforms are much needed.

from:  Raja Pamarthi
Posted on: May 31, 2012 at 09:22 IST

so long as speedy disposal of the case is not done there is no meaning in arresting these people. Judiciary should function in such a way that the case is closed at the earliest time. Adjournment should be restricted to one or two times. the possibility of the accused to come out unscathed are more,especially in the case of the influential people and that too the representatives of the people. We ,as citizen of the country can pray only for a quick disposal of the case and the guilty to be punished.

from:  T.R. Subramanian
Posted on: May 31, 2012 at 07:35 IST
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